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A Summer in India

Members of the campus community will have an opportunity to see the world of Tibetan art and culture through the eyes of Aly Feldman-Piltch’11, Rashid Perkins’12, Andrew Upton’12 and Yanli Guo’12, who visited the country over the summer. During the event, the students will share their experiences and detail how the trip has affected them. The discussion will be held on Monday, April 4, from 5 – 8 p.m. at the Intercultural Affairs House.

The trip was possible thanks to funding from the ASIANetwork Foundation that allowed for five HWS students to conduct research on Tibetan art in Dharmsala, India, with  the Venerable Tenzin Yingyen.

In 1999, Yignyen became a visiting professor at Hobart and William Smith, teaching tantric rituals, Buddhist philosophy and Tibetan Buddhist art forms. Since then, he’s led several pilgrimages to Mongolia and India. He recently was appointed the Director of the ASIANetwork Program for Research on Traditional Tibetan Arts. 

Yignyen, ordained as a monk by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, entered Namgval Monastery in Dharmsala, India in 1969. There he completed his studies of the monastery and in 1985 he received the monastery’s highest degree, Master of Sutra and Tantra with honors. After 16 years of study, he assisted in the research and translation of the book “The Wheel of Time and Sand Mandala” in conjunction with the Samava Foundation in New York City. He has constructed sand mandalas in locations all across the world including Time Square in New York City, the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival in Washington, D.C., in Moscow and St. Petersburg in Russia, and on the Hobart and William Smith campus.